gongSo many creative endeavors have been explored at the farm, from collective composting and companion planting, to community yoga, to theater productions and pesto contests. We are a community space. We focus our efforts on Sharing, Teaching, and Farming, but we are open to the world of possibilities.

 

 

 

Sharing

Thirds Share Initiative

Food grown at the farm is allocated using our Tri Cycle Farms’ Thirds Share Initiative in which we share a third of what we grow with volunteers, give a third to food pantries and community meals, and sell a third to sustain the farm and demonstrate the economy of food.

At Tri Cycle Farms, volunteers share in each harvest and work to grow food for our community.  Produce is donated to Sunday Supper, a weekly community meal prepared at Trinity United Methodist Church, and offered to those who come to us in need. To ensure the sustainability of our programs, produce and herbs are also sold at the Crossroads Farmer’s Market, as well as to local restaurants, including Pesto Café, Hammontree’s, James at the Mill, and The Farmer’s Table Café. 

Share a third with our volunteers…

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Give a third to food pantries and community meals…

giveSell a third to sustain the farm and demonstrate the economy of food…

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Grow & Share Everywhere! Program

The Grow & Share Everywhere! Program is our initiative to see thriving gardens throughout the community. Through tool sharing, crop mobbing, and informational support, we want to assist with the development of other urban farms, community gardens, and home gardens.

The implementation of a community garden at North Creekside Apartments, launched in the winter of 2014 in collaboration with the Specialized Real Estate Group, will serve as the pilot project for the Grow & Share Everywhere! Program. Tri Cycle is collaboratively guiding this project through help with garden design, mobilization of participants, and resource sharing. Community members involved in the garden are also encouraged to participate in activities and classes at Tri Cycle Farms, which is right down the street!

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Teaching

 


Tri Cycle Farms collaborates with knowledgeable local teachers and farmers to offer garden, food, and holistic health classes to the community. Some are hands-on workshops while others are classroom-style, and some charge a small fee while most are donation-based, but we invite all to come share in the knowledge and wisdom. Some examples of our education based events include:

  • How to build a hoophouse or start seeds
  • Native plant and herb identification and foraging walks
  • Mushroom inoculation
  • Cooking and nutrition, including food preservation like canning and dehydrating
  • Using herbs in tinctures, soaps and extractions
  • Creating bird houses or other crafts from forest and garden debris or plants

For details on upcoming classes and workshop events, visit our events calendar!

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Farming

 


Our sweet little 2-acre farm consists of our main diversity garden, the children’s garden and strawberry-sunflower circle, the new market garden, and the hoop house. We also have a chicken coop with 6 laying hens, and one buzzin’ bee hive.

We glean our farming methods from a variety of styles, with an emphasis on John Jeavon’s ‘Grow Bio-intensive’ method and permaculture inspired gardening.

We currently have 2 major, ongoing volunteer programs designed to instill the foundations of farm care in all who are interested:

Garden Tenders Program: Through the Garden Tenders Program, you can become more deeply involved in the processes of the garden while truly impacting its success. You’ll learn gardening skills such as crop rotation, companion planting, and small space urban gardening while helping to increase our food production capacity here at the farm!

 

Chicken Tenders Program: The Chicken Tenders Program was started and implemented by volunteers interested in the care of urban chickens. As a Chicken Tender, volunteers learn to maintain coop structured maintenance and repairs, maintain coop cleanliness, incubate eggs and rear chicks, as well as check and provide daily watering and feeding care. Stop by and see our pretty birds!

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as a Tender, visit our Contact page to let us know, or sign up on our mailing list to be notified of upcoming 2017 Volunteer Training and Tri Cycle News!

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Check out our Facebook feed for a taste of recent activity:

The 2017 Garden Tenders program launches in June, and Tri Cycle Farms invites you to learn more about this summer-long, intensive, and more independent garden volunteering opportunity at the Garden Tenders orientation on Sunday, June 4th, from 2:30-3:30pm at Tri Cycle Farms (1705 N. Garland). Please park in the gravel lot at Trinity United Methodist Church and take the crosswalk carefully across Garland to arrive at the farm. Garden Tenders care for a specific area of the garden at least once a week through mid-August. This includes weeding, mulching, pruning (if necessary), harvesting, and logging the harvest for the plants in that area. Volunteers are invited to share in the harvest! Families welcome! Contact Delilah, the volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org for more information.
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Garden Tenders 2017 Orientation

June 4, 2017, 2:30pm - June 4, 2017, 3:30pm

Tri Cycle Farms

The 2017 Garden Tenders program launches in June, and Tri Cycle Farms invites you to learn more about this summer-long, intensive, and more independent garden volunteering opportunity at the Garden Tenders orientation on Sunday, June 4th, from 2:30-3:30pm at Tri Cycle Farms (1705 N. Garland). Please park in the gravel lot at Trinity United Methodist Church and take the crosswalk carefully across Garland to arrive at the farm. Garden Tenders care for a specific area of the garden at least once a week through mid-August. This includes weeding, mulching, pruning (if necessary), harvesting, and logging the harvest for the plants in that area. Volunteers are invited to share in the harvest! Families welcome! Contact Delilah, the volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org for more information. Share this event freely! #tricyclefarms #gardentenders #foodisfree

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Meet Taylor Meidinger, another member of our AmeriCorps NCCC Earth Team 5! Tri Cycle Farms is so fortunate to host this great team. They are giving their best, individually and as a group, every day. We welcome and thank them for their teamwork, their sense of community, and the true enjoyment of meeting and working with them all! #AmeriCorpsNCCC #AmeriCorpsNCCCSouthwestRegion #Earth5 #TriCycleFarms

NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Taylor Maximus Meidinger
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)
Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Topeka Kansas
Hometown: Packwood, Washington

“I see my year of service in NCCC affecting my future by giving me the extensive training on how to work as a team efficiently. But also that service is and always will be a big thing in my life. To me service means trying to help communities in any way possible, it’s a connection that is deeper than the surface because you know you are helping someone even if it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

One of the most transformational experiences this year during my time in AmeriCorps NCCC was hearing the story of a family whose house was flooded during the great flooding of the Greater Baton Rouge area. Despite all they had lost they still fed us lunch, and went on to invite us to a late lunch with them at their store later that week.”
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Hey Tri Cyclists, wanna build your skills in the garden and share in the harvest? The Garden Tenders 2017 program is about to launch! Join us for orientations on Thursday, May 18th, from 6-7pm, or on Sunday, June 4th, from 2:30-3:30pm at Tri Cycle! Garden Tenders sign up for weekly volunteering times and care for a specific area of the garden. Times are flexible and include evening and early morning hours. For more information, contact Delilah at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org.
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Meet Ryan Aitken, one of eight members of the AmeriCorps NCCC Earth Team 5 who are providing such valuable labor and service in a variety of project areas at Tri Cycle Farms. We welcome and thank them for their teamwork, their sense of community, and the true enjoyment of meeting and working with them all! #AmeriCorpsNCCC #AmeriCorpsNCCCSouthwestRegion #Earth5 #TriCycleFarms

NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Ryan Aitken
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Topeka, Kansas

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

“This service year has helped me to gain a lot of experience and to grow as a person. I think it has enabled me to experience a lot of different types of work, cultures and regions of the country that in turn have given me a broader view of the United States. On top of that the program has helped me along the way towards finishing my education.

Service to me is giving to people without expecting anything in return. It's helping those who are in need because you can. To me, that ability for someone or the potential for someone to help people is something everyone should realize at some point in their lives.

One story that particular sticks with me was from when I was working last round in Topeka, KS. I had spent some of my time there helping at an organization called Let's Help. The organization's main functions included providing a meal, education and care packages for those who are in need. Most of their clientele consisted of individuals suffering from homelessness. One of my particular tasks one day was to fill used pill bottles with shampoo and labeling them so that different clients could have soap as part of a hygiene package. While I was doing the work it was a bit repetitive and I remember finding it very hard to focus as I filled bottle after bottle. On top of this I also remember thinking that this was a side job that I was given to keep me busy while the really important jobs were being done behind some magical curtain elsewhere. The work I was doing didn't quite hit me until a week or so later as I was taking a shower at the YMCA. When I entered the stall I saw on the ground an empty pill bottle with the very same label I had written on it. This really resonated with me and made me realize that the repetitive task I had been doing just a few weeks earlier really did matter to someone. Not only did it matter to someone but it mattered to someone that I very possibly ran into on a daily basis. For me this was very impactful and helped me to appreciate all the work I was doing no matter how small it might have seemed to me.”
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